This is apocalypse: Italian media
The Italian press on yesterday termed the national team’s failure to reach the World Cup for the first time in 60 years as a sporting catastrophe.
“Italy, this is the apocalypse,” ran a headline on the website of sports daily, Gazzetta dello Sport shortly after Monday night’s 0-0 draw with Sweden in the second leg of the play-off for a place at Russia 2018.
“Wasted chances, a bit of bad luck but zero goals in 180 minutes against the Swedes,” Gazzetta commented, making clear its view that Italy had not done enough to earn qualification. “It is an intolerable football shame, an indelible stain, said another major sports daily, Corriere dello Sport. Another media outlet, La Repubblica simply said: “Goodbye Russia.”